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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Even if sales are down, the manager cannot fire Quincy because of his interracial relationship. If an employer decides to cut staff for economic reasons, it cannot use discriminatory reasons (such as the race of an employee’s girlfriend) to choose which employees to fire.

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Quincy has worked at a clothing store for six months and has received good performance reviews from his manager. Two weeks ago, Quincy’s girlfriend stopped by the store. Since then, the manager has been watching Quincy closely. Today, the manager fired Quincy, explaining that sales were down. A co-worker told Quincy that the manager was looking for a reason to fire Quincy because she disapproved of Quincy’s interracial relationship. Quincy is African-American and his girlfriend is White. Did the manager discriminate against Quincy?

  1. Yes. The manager illegally discriminated against Quincy if she fired him because of his interracial relationship.
  2. No. The manager may have disapproved of Quincy’s interracial relationship, but she did not fire him until two weeks after meeting his girlfriend. If the manager had fired Quincy the day after meeting his girlfriend, then the firing may have been illegal.
  3. No. Sales are down, and the manager has the right to fire any employee she chooses.
  4. Yes, but Quincy must hire a lawyer, and must pay EEOC to investigate and decide the case.